President Donald Trump has notified the World Health Organization that the US will withdraw from the Organization due to the WHO’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trump administration explained that the WHO had a pro-China bias, and informed Fox News on Tuesday, after submitting the notice that it will take effect in July 2021.
"The world is now suffering as a result of the misfeasance of the Chinese government," Trump added.
This is no surprise, as Trump had announced that the US would freeze funding to the WHO in April as they refused to undertake “major substantive reforms.” The US had been the greatest contributor to the organization with approximately $450 Million every year, 9 times more than China that pays $50 Million, until Beijing recently announced the injection of $2 billion in funds.
Trump pointed out that the US raised concerns multiple times about the WHO praise of Chinese “transparency” and that they did not heed the warnings about the Coronavirus from Taiwan, specifically that it was able to permeate from person-to-person. He had also suggested a travel ban on China in the initial days of the crisis which could have significantly reduced the spread of the virus.
Additionally, suspicions arose about the WHO changing the public coronavirus timeline, as they indicated that they had initially heard of the virus from the Internet rather than from China.
Reports show that China has not been fully truthful about the number of cases and deaths in prior to the pandemic, although the WHO defended the Chinese government and praised it for its “transparency”. For 6 days, China publicly said that there was no evidence that COVID-19 could transmit from human-to-human.
The WHO used that information and tweeted that “preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.”
Trumps decision to leave the WHO coincides with the Trump administration acts for the last three years.
List of all international agreements the Trump administration have left:
Bob Menendez, US Senator of New Jersey claims that Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been worse than “chaotic and incoherent”. Menendez manifested a fear that the leaving of the WHO would leave Americans sick and alone.
Opposed to the decision, Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R- Tenn explains that holding the WHO accountable should be postponed until after the pandemic has been fully dealt with.
R-Tenn expressed concerns that leaving the WHO could potentially hinder the ability to develop and access a vaccine through trials. He explains that it will become more difficult for the US to collaborate with other countries to stop viruses in the future, and that the Trump administration should have submitted recommendations for improvement instead of a total withdrawal.
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